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February 2017

Women in Medicine and Patient Outcomes: Equal Rights for Better Work?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editorial Fellow, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • 3Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):161. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7883

If you are aware of the disparities between genders in academic medicine, recent publications show multiple areas with opportunities for improvement. Jena and colleagues1 found that female physicians in academia were less likely than their male counterparts to have reached the rank of full professor (11.9% vs 28.6%). Serge et al2 reported that start-up funding packages—which help launch faculty careers—were 67.5% higher for men than for women ($980 000 vs $585 000). Finally, Jena and colleagues3 reported that salaries for female academic physicians are $19 879, or 8.0%, lower than those of their male colleagues.